Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (1) v QOS (2)

Saturday 21st January 2017, Kick Off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

IF things aren't going well, just keep going. They'll turn.

So they say, but try telling that to Dumbarton the way 2017 is going.

Battle-hardened, lively for spells in attack and up for the challenge. Sons were all of those against Queen of the South for the third consecutive Saturday this year.

And for the third consecutive Saturday this year, their efforts got nothing.

The difference was always liable to be made by a Queens January loan signing whose surname begins with 'Thom'. In the end it wasn't Joe Thomson, back on his former home ground three weeks after his loan to Dumbarton expired.

But it was Dom Thomas, sent to Dumfries on loan by Motherwell. He struck either side of Christian Nade's equaliser, the second coming just as it looked as if Sons had a foothold in the game.

Losing unluckily is still losing, and still gives you no points in the race to beat the drop. But once again Dumbarton could feel hard done by.

Elements of the game maybe weren't executed as well as they have been in previous outings. But had Sons gained a point, it would have been hard to begrudge them it.

With the standard of performances so far this year, Dumbarton could quite feasibly have taken anywhere between four and seven points so far in 2017. Instead they have none.

Their next two games are against teams who have just held Hearts to a draw and won away to Dundee. It may sound ominous to anybody who hasn't seen recent games, but the breaks have to change.

They do say, though, that you make your own luck. Any good fortune that comes Sons' way in the coming weeks will have to be earned through their own continued efforts. It won't just happen.

Live wire Lewis Vaughan continued where he left off last week in the game's early stages, with his early shot turned wide.

He tried again from distance with another shot which missed the target before Queens took the lead.

Thomas saw off challenges to fire home a low shot from 20 yards.

After Vaughan was again close, Alan Martin stopped Danny Carmichael's bending shot. Stephen Dobbie followed up by Martin was again up to the task.

Nade had a shot on target just before half time, but it rolled, at pace, into the arms of the keeper.

Early in the second half Vaughan sliced a shot wide of the far post before Queens ramped things up. In quick succession, Dobbie and Carmichael had efforts deflected off target.

Then, on 61 minutes came the moment which looked like it could set Sons on their way.

Andy Stirling deserved for his shot to hit the net after he cut into the area from the left. It hit the post, but Nade finished the job instead from six yards.

Unfortunately, just seven minutes later, it was all to be done again.

Martin did well to save from Thomson at close range, but could do nothing to stop Thomas from the loose ball.

All to do again, then. Sam Stanton and then Stirling tried with efforts which missed the target.

Robert Thomson then went for goal after connecting with a cross from the left, but the keeper saved.

And when Vaughan headed Stirling's cross off target, it was clear that it wasn't going to happen.

It has to at some point. Maybe at Kirkcaldy next week.

Dumbarton: Martin; Docherty, Buchanan, Carswell (C Gallagher 72), Stanton, Harvie, Barr, Smith (Thomson 79), Stirling, Vaughan, Nade (Fleming 72). Subs: Brown; Lang.

Queen of the South: Robinson; Dowie, Brownlie, Higgins, Rankin, Dobbie, Jacobs, Thomson, Thomas, Mercer, Carmichael (Lyle 76). Subs: Atkinson; Hooper, Dykes, Murray, Bell. Booked: Mercer, Dowie.

Referee: Steven Kirkland.

Andy Galloway